• 20 Apr
    2010

Long-Legged Lovelies: Steiff’s Iconic Lulac-Style Animals

The Steiff Company has always been a pioneer in the toy industry. Steiff is best known for creating the first jointed Teddy bear in 1902, but the company’s list of other achievements is quite long and impressive. For example, did you know that the company produced and sold nearly one million Teddy bears in 1907, […]

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  • 19 Apr
    2010

The Press Back – The Art of Chair Decoration without Carving

The carving of 17th-century “Sunflower” chests explains a lot about the ins and outs of New England Colonial carving of the time. They highlight the real world priorities of the period and the fact that decorating an otherwise perfectly fine plain chest was a luxury that few could afford to buy or had the time […]

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  • 19 Apr
    2010

Ask A Worthologist Question: Currier & Ives Print

John S. had what he believed to be an antiqueCurrier & Ives print, but didn’t know much more than what was printed at the bottom of the image. He didn’t know if it was an original or a copy, but he was hoping it was the former. He engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service, and […]

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  • 13 Apr
    2010

Furniture Labels: Telling the Makers, Retailers and Associations Apart

Furniture making in America in the 19th century ranged from the small shop, like that of Duncan Phyfe in downtown New York at the turn of the century, to the huge factories of Grand Rapids and Buffalo at the turn of the next century. Phyfe was one of the rare early century cabinetmakers who actually […]

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  • 13 Apr
    2010

Motion Pictures That Chronicle Circus Life Mix Collectible Categories

Circus life is a natural for motion pictures. Old movies give us rare glimpses of long-gone, circus performers and their lifestyle. We can see first-hand the wagons, tents, animals and typical backyard activity—though usually in black and white. Many such circus movies are available on VHS or DVD and besides the movie itself, there are […]

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  • 5 Apr
    2010

What Makes It a ‘Civil War Watch’ vs. a ‘Civil War Relic?’

It may seem you’d need to be very gullible to believe what many sellers put in their descriptions, namely that every other key-wound pocket watch on eBay is a “Civil War Watch.” Sounds a little too-far fetched to be true, but in many instances, they are 100-percent correct, if the watch in question pre-dates the […]

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  • 29 Mar
    2010

Salvador Dali Sterling Silver ‘Easter Christ’ Plate

A reader from Oshkosh, Wis. Writes: “After my parents died, I inherited a 1972 Lincoln Mint, Salvador Dali, sterling silver, Easter plate entitled “Easter Christ.” The plate measures 9 inches in diameter. It is number 2021 of an edition of 20,000. I have no clue what my mother paid for it in 1972. I do […]

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  • 25 Mar
    2010

Where’s Will? – Scott Antique Markets, Atlanta

ATLANTA – I wandered off to the Scott Antiques Markets in Atlanta (Scott is a show that that runs monthly shows in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio). The show in Atlanta is larger and is run on the second weekend of the month. I would guess that the Atlanta show has more than 1,000 dealers. I […]

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  • 23 Mar
    2010

One Man’s 25-Year Journey Collecting Japanese Ceramics

Are you a collector or are you in an accumulating phase? I interviewed John Wocher, a hospital executive in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, who has put together an impressive collection of Japanese ceramics over the last 25 years or so about how he accumulated his collection. David Pike: How long have you been in Japan? John […]

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  • 17 Mar
    2010

U.S.M.T. Corps and the Civil War Telegraph Service Watch

The U.S. Military Telegraph Corps was formed in 1861 following the outbreak of the American Civil War. David Strouse, Samuel M. Brown, Richard O’Brian and David H. Bates—all from the Pennsylvania Railroad Company—were sent to Washington, D.C. to serve in the newly created office. In October of that year, Anson Stager was appointed department head. […]

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